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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 17, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Recent reports suggest that the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be turning away from efforts to organize union elections for low-wage workers.

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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which the company said validated its decision to switch from steel to aluminum in model year 2015. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 17, 2015 1:38 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner who has set their sights on new factories and growth, while the loser has become the focus of statewide bans and legal resistance.

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E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth in Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:11 am | by ARC Advisory Group | Articles | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study. 

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Nissan Expands Air Bag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 17, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced a long-awaited bill that would grant the White House power to negotiate trade agreements.  

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Health Advocates, Agribusiness Spar Over Weed Killer

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decades-long debate over the health risks of a popular weed killer took another turn last month when an international agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 17, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Arizona no longer allows its local governments to enact taxes or bans on plastic bags after Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on legislation this week.   

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Emirates To Buy $9.2 Billion Worth of Rolls Royce Engines

April 17, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Emirates airline says it will buy $9.2 billion worth of Rolls Royce engines, the largest ever order for the engine maker.

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Fuel Flow Sensors

April 16, 2015 5:23 pm | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials and Sentronics have been working together to create a new fuel flow sensor which is providing motorsport manufacturers with accuracies of +/- 0.25 percent, which according to the company is contributing to increased control over fuel consumption.

One Up-And-Coming Company Gives Detroit a Chance

April 16, 2015 2:23 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Steven Bock heads up Shinola, but it’s not the shoeshine Shinola your grandfather remembers. They are a unique company that does make high-end products, which has chosen Detroit as the place to hang their corporate hat.

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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials. 

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Jaguar Takes On Virtual Reality

April 16, 2015 2:05 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Jaguar is breaking into an arena that could greatly affect the industrial sector — virtual reality. 

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Environmentalists Kick Up Dust at Fracking Industry in Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Is fracking contributing to California's drought? Industry experts say it isn't.

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Manufacturing in Philadelphia Area Rises Slightly in April

April 16, 2015 12:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factories in the Philadelphia region got a bit busier in April compared to March.

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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries To Get Ahead of State Bans

April 16, 2015 12:48 pm | by Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. 

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Officials Find Dozens of Chemicals in Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 12:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Environmental officials in Oregon detected traces of 128 chemicals across all state watersheds, according to a recent report.

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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 12:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator expressed concerns Tuesday about provisions of a chemical regulations overhaul pending in Congress.

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Apple Invests in Sustainable Solar Project, Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 10:46 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. 

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C255 Industrial Combustion Analyzer

April 16, 2015 10:29 am | by UEi Test Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The UEi C255 Industrial Combustion Analyzer features the EOS CO2 measurement technology.

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